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Small Cell Forum - Release One

A new Release programme from the Small Cell Forum will help network operators launch home, enterprise, metro, and rural small cells.

Release One covers the home, providing “all you need to know” to deploy residential femtocells. It includes business cases, references to key standards, specifications for RFPs and best practices from operators already using femtocells. In preparation for future Releases, there are also white papers on rural small cells and on backhaul use cases and solutions.

Operators move to HD Voice

Alan Hadden, President of GSA, has called for a further push to produce phones that build on the impressive growth of HD voice calls, Hadden said;

“Some operators reported 10 times the number of HD voice calls are currently being initiated compared to a year ago... To continue the market development, all smartphones need to ship with W-AMR activated by default.”

A media release from the GSA, to promote the GSA ‘Mobile HD Voice: Global Update’ report, supports the strong business case for Mobile HD Voice;

RCS VoLTE interoperability tests

Organised by: the Multi?Service Forum (MSF), ETSI and the GSMA

The interoperability of LTE and IMS components for Rich Communication Suite (RCS) and Voice over LTE (VoLTE) were tested during a recent Interoperability event simultaneously held at the China Mobile Research Institute in Beijing, China and the Sintesio facility in Kranj, Slovenia.

Following on from past MSF VoLTE and ETSI IMS testing, this new event sought to demonstrate that the GSMA technical recommendations, based on the 3GPP specifications, are mature and interoperable.

Growth for LTE

November 2012

If forecasts of the number of LTE networks to be switched on in 2012 were slightly over ambitious, the shape of the predicted growth curve was accurate - With 119 launches - 2012 has been the year of LTE.

“…LTE is the fastest developing mobile system technology ever and entering a new phase as a mainstream technology by end of 2012.” according to the Global mobile Suppliers Association, in its regular 'Evolution to LTE' report.

For more on 3GPP LTE Specifications - See our LTE page

Alan Hadden, President of the GSA, predicts that additional spectrum being made available will provide a further significant boost to LTE deployments beyond this year. 

He also expects the importance of LTE TDD mode in unpaired spectrum, to be a major growth factor. Further proof that the complete eco-system around LTE is taking off is the GSA reported availability of over 520 LTE user devices (including operator and frequency variants) so far announced or already on the market, compared with just 417 back in July 2012 (see figure below).  The Evolution to LTE report was researched and published by GSA and provides a concise update of the business drivers, objectives and targets for LTE – Long Term Evolution and the evolved packet system, including network operator commitments, deployments, launches, trials, the growing eco-system including device availability, spectrum requirements and developments, Voice over LTE developments, standardization activities including LTE-Advanced, and more.

The report is available as a free download to registered site users at www.gsacom.com/gsm_3g/info_papers 

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New White Papers

If you have been wondering about the role of HetNets or how clever smart antennas really are...then worry not!

3GPP partner - 4G Americas has recently published four white papers - freely available online - that give an overview of the capabilities of 3GPP HSPA and LTE systems and look at these two key developments, being specified in 3GPP.

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